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How to Have a Feast That Doesn't Cost a Fortune

Published: November 8, 2017

From how you decorate your table to the food you put on it, Thanksgiving has the potential to cost a small fortune. If you let it! Instead of spending a lot of time, consider what the holiday is truly all about: spending time with those you love. This holiday season, be thankful for what you have that money can’t buy.

Here are 6 ways to create the feast of your dreams without spending a fortune:

Don’t Go it Alone

Before you stress out about hosting the perfect dinner, remember that what makes Thanksgiving perfect are the people. Accept a little help. Everyone has a signature appetizer, veggie, or dessert. Let them proudly bring it for all your guests to sample.

Opt for DIY Decorations

 Instead of buying fancy decorations and table settings, create your own. Have the kids join in on the act, making notes about what they’re thankful for or just coloring traditional pictures of Pilgrims and turkeys.

Shop Now

Not everything you buy for your feast is perishable, so shop early and look for sales. Paper goods, beverages, and canned foods can be purchased well in advance of the big day. As for the turkey, frozen is fine—and less expensive. Buy it now.

Use a Grocery List 

One surefire way to overspend at the grocery store is to walk through the doors without a list in hand. Especially for the holidays, when there are so many tempting choices, a list will help remind you about what you really need—and what you don’t. Write a list, bring it, and stick to it.

Go Seasonal

Even if blueberry pie is your go-to dessert for every family party, if blueberries aren’t in season, it’s time to adapt. Choose seasonal fruits and vegetables that are yummy right now, and maybe even on sale.

Minimize the Menu

You don’t need a lot of appetizers before a big meal and multiple desserts. Choose a few quality dishes that will impress your guests without putting them into a food coma. And cut down on the number of desserts. Pumpkin pie and some homemade cookies will top off those full bellies just fine.

At Charter College, we know that the holidays can be fun and exciting, but sometimes it’s hard not to overspend. Here are some money saving tips for today and all year to help make the holidays a little less stressful. We’d like to wish you and the whole Charter College family a safe, healthy, and Happy Thanksgiving. We’re thankful for you!